January 31, 2012
The SEM Annual Meeting is typically held from a Thursday to
a Sunday in October or November. The meeting currently attracts approximately
800-1000 attendees, close to half of whom are graduate students. Attendees
travel to the meeting from across the United State and throughout the world.
SEM generally selects sites for its Annual Meeting at least
three years in advance. We welcome proposals from institutions for hosting the
meeting and maintain a standard Request for Proposals form for this purpose.
After the SEM Board approves a meeting site, the meeting is organized
collaboratively by the SEM Business Office, the Local Arrangements Committee,
the Program Committee, and SEM's contracted professional meeting planner:
Indiana University Conferences.
SEM considers the following factors in selecting a meeting
of a university ethnomusicology program willing to host the meeting.
large hotels than can accommodate the meeting and bid competitively.
of hotel guest room rates and contractual terms and fees.
of air service and transportation infrastructure.
of nearby restaurants, music venues, and sites of interest to our members.
diversity of meeting sites over time.
SEM also gives strong preference to:
whose staff is represented by a union.
with active sustainability policies and programs.
with living wage ordinances.
that have demonstrated a commitment to anti-discrimination policies in
regard to the rights and privileges extended to LGBT communities and
members of sexual minorities.
In selecting dates for an Annual Meeting, SEM attempts to
avoid conflicts with the meeting dates of the American Anthropological
Association, American Folklore Society, American Musicological Society, College
Music Society, American Studies Association, and African Studies Association.